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The Big Ask

A Murray Whelan Mystery

With a disastrous election looming, the police on his heels, adultery in the air, a body on his conscience, and a gun buried in his backyard . . . Murray Whelan faces his biggest test yet.

Murray Whelan should have been asleep in bed. That’s where the smart money was at 4:30 a.m. on a cold, wet, southern Australia winter morning. Not loitering among the truck drivers in Melbourne’s fruit and vegetable market. Not picking a fight with a gun-toting kid in a cashmere coat. Not tasting forbidden fruit in the back of Donny Maitland’s rig. Not turning his back on a body that bore a striking resemblance to a sack of tomatoes en route to becoming spaghetti sauce. But what’s a lonely political advisor to do? His son, Red, on temporary loan to his ex-wife, has disappeared, and his boss, Angelo Agnelli, has sent him on a mission to infiltrate the toughest union in the country. And that was before Angelo asked him the really big ask—the favor that you’d have to be a fool, or maybe just Murray Whelan, to agree to. Now nothing can save him from another wildly funny, fresh, and fast-paced comic misadventure.

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“Maloney just gets better, and Murray Whelan remains one of the most reliable and rewarding sleuths in the business.” —Ian Rankin

“Murray is a great creation. . . . Takes the wisecracking wise guy into a whole new realm.” —Houston Chronicle

“Bubbles with wise-guy wit, macho machinations, and testosterone tactics . . . The wit is sharp and on target.” —Providence Journal

“Full of laugh-out-loud humor.” —Marie Claire

"The political intrigues of a South Australian city may not seem the stuff of high drama, but they are—and Whelan's a delight." —Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

“Maloney just gets better, and Murray Whelan remains one of the most reliable and rewarding sleuths in the business.” —Ian Rankin

“Murray is a great creation. . . . Takes the wisecracking wise guy into a whole new realm.” —Houston Chronicle

“Bubbles with wise-guy wit, macho machinations, and testosterone tactics . . . The wit is sharp and on target.” —Providence Journal

“Full of laugh-out-loud humor.” —Marie Claire

"The political intrigues of a South Australian city may not seem the stuff of high drama, but they are—and Whelan's a delight." —Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

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